Burlington Free Press: Will Californian green schemes work in VT?

Joel Baird, Free Press Staff Writer 5:08 p.m. EDT October 10, 2014

A Californian comes to New England's west coast. It's mid-fall, and it's not all about the foliage.

Wind, sunshine and woodsmoke will figure into California Energy Commissioner David Hochschild's visit to Burlington on Thursday.

Hochschild is the keynote speaker at Renewable Energy Vermont's annual, two-day show-and-tell of trends, debates and innovations at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington.

The Californian will encounter a familiar conundrum at the core of REV's convergence: How can we make the best of things while we lean less on fossil fuels?

In a late-September interview with the Burlington Free Press, Hochschild said he had yet to finalize his remarks for the conference, but he was happy to shoot the breeze. Read the full story here.

Press Release: Vermont Legislators and Quebec Liaisons Tee-Off Energy, Climate, Jobs and More at Upcoming Energy Conference in Burlington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
Gabrielle Stebbins, Executive Director
gabrielle@revermont.org
Office: (802) 229-0099

Burlington, VT — Leaders from the Vermont State House, Administration and Quebec Province will address attendees at Renewable Energy 2014, a two-day conference and expo in Burlington, VT focusing on the state and region’s most pressing energy challenges.  

Conference attendees will have a unique opportunity for direct, one-on-one question-and-answer, discussion and debate. Join Representative Ellis, Senator Bray and Deputy Commissioner Springer for a sneak preview of what may come to Vermont in January 2015.  Items up for discussion include a Renewable Portfolio Standard, placing a price on carbon, the role of gas in Vermont, the electrification of Vermont’s transportation sector and more.  Also joining the Panel is Marie-Claude Francoeur, Quebec Delegate to New England, to describe a new venture starting in January 2015 between Quebec and California, linking Quebec’s Green House Gas emissions Cap-and-Trade System to California’s carbon market.

About Renewable Energy 2014 (RE 2014)

RE 2014 is Vermont’s annual convention bringing together key players in the clean energy sector. The conference will be held on October 16 & 17 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, VT.

The conference includes more than 25 sessions featuring 65 expert speakers from throughout the region covering issues from community solar and energy permitting, to energy storage and grid infrastructure opportunities, case studies in efficiently heating and cooling our homes with renewable sources, and the future of electrified transportation.  The tradeshow floor – which is open to the public - will feature some 50 exhibitors showcasing modern wood heating, solar hot water and electricity, cold climate heat pumps and geothermal systems, financing opportunities and more of the latest technologies, products and services.

This year’s conference theme is “Leading the Change in Energy.” Nationwide and here in Vermont, the closure of coal and nuclear facilities, concerns around "fracked" gas, instability in oil-rich regions and the climate change imperative, are driving markets to implement renewable energy and efficiency-based solutions to address our energy demands. RE 2014 is bringing together leaders and experts from throughout the region to address the challenges and opportunities ahead, Vermont’s leadership role in the energy industry, and the steps needed to implement an integrated energy infrastructure.

More information at www.revconference.org

About Renewable Energy Vermont (REV)

REV is Vermont’s only non-profit, non-partisan renewable energy trade association working to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and expanding the availability of renewable sources of energy throughout the state and region.

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Press Release: Wind Energy Facts and a Snapshot of Ten Years of Media Coverage on Wind Energy to be Presented at Upcoming Renewable Energy Conference in Burlington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
Gabrielle Stebbins, Executive Director
gabrielle@revermont.org
Office: (802) 229-0099

Burlington, VT — September 30, 2014 — Large-scale wind farms are one of our most affordable and environmentally benign forms of electric generation.  Yet what is reported in the media rarely reflects the scientific and economic facts of this energy source, including Vermonters support for wind energy as evidenced by polling data.  This year’s renewable energy conference offers attendees not only an overview of wind energy facts, but also highlights how local media reporting on wind energy has changed over the last decade.

Scientists will be presenting factual data on wildlife protection strategies and wind sound.  What are wind farms doing currently to protect wildlife – especially rare and charismatic birds and bats? What does the science say about sound emanating from wind projects? Meteorologists will present on the vital role that wind resource assessment plays in the development of a successful wind power facility, highlighting a case study of a Vermont wind project. 

Finally, “Changing Actors and Discourse: An Analysis of Ten Years of Media Coverage In Vermont’s Wind Power Debate” provides a greater understanding on this issue.  Analysts will show how wind opposition arguments have changed over time. Scholars will illustrate how media portrayal of Vermont’s wind debate differs from polling data over the same period.

About Renewable Energy 2014 (RE 2014)

RE 2014 is Vermont’s annual convention bringing together key players in the clean energy sector. The conference will be held on October 16 & 17 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, VT.

The conference includes more than 25 sessions featuring 65 expert speakers from throughout the region. The tradeshow floor will feature some 50 exhibitors and the latest technologies, products and services. This year’s conference theme is “Leading the Change in Energy.” Sessions will highlight current energy challenges, Vermont’s leadership role in the energy industry, and the steps needed to implement an integrated energy infrastructure. Continuing legal education credits are available.  More information at www.revconference.org

About Renewable Energy Vermont (REV)

REV is Vermont’s only non-profit, non-partisan renewable energy trade association working to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and expanding the availability of renewable sources of energy throughout the state and region.

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